oPEN Lab | Project Partner

KU Leuven

KU Leuven, founded in 1425, is dedicated to education and research in nearly all fields. Its fifteen faculties offer education, while research activities are organised by the departments and research groups. These faculties and departments are clustered into three groups: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), and Biomedical Sciences. KU Leuven is a founding member of the EnergyVille collaboration in Genk. It consistently ranks among the top 100 universities in the world by major ranking tables.

The research domain of the Division Electrical Energy Systems and Applications (ELECTA) covers the broad spectrum of electrical energy systems. The development of the future smart grid is a key activity. The research at the Division of Building Physics (BOFY) generally aims at the performance analysis of buildings on different scales: materials, components, and whole buildings in their environment. Research topics are highly insulated building components, hygrothermal comfort and indoor air quality, sustainability analysis and life cycle assessments of building materials and building components, energy performance of buildings, sustainable constructions, and urban physics.
ELECTA and BOFY take part in the EnergyVille research consortium (between the Flemish research partners KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt) in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems.

Role in Project

In oPEN Lab, KU Leuven will assume the lead of monitoring and data analysis. KU Leuven will work with the partners to establish standards for data acquisition and performance analysis based on parameters of technical systems, buildings, and power generation. For the Genk site specifically, we will analyse performance parameters in correlation with meteorological data. Further, we will investigate the impact of electrical storage on self-consumption and self-sufficiency, and aid in the development of DC electrical systems. KU Leuven will also participate in the development of co-creation and community engagement with tools to generate feedback to users. Lastly, KU Leuven and members of the EnergyVille Communications team will work on the communication and dissemination of project results and the organisation of events.